By Bob Uphues
Man robbed at gunpoint on 17th Avenue
North Riverside police arrested a 15-year-old Maywood boy and are searching for another teenage boy believed to be involved in a street robbery near the Salt Creek bridge over 17th Avenue on Sept. 27 about 9:55 p.m.
The victim, a 23-year-old LaGrange Park man, said he was walking home along 17th Avenue when he was approached by two subjects, one of whom was on a bicycle. One of the subjects reportedly asked the man if he wanted to buy marijuana. After the victim said he didn't have any money, the subject allegedly pulled a black pistol from his waistband and told him to "be smooth" while the 15-year-old reportedly took the victim's cellphone and an unknown amount of cash.
After the offenders left, the victim flagged down a motorist and used their phone to call police. Brookfield police located the two suspects near the intersection of 31st Street and Park Avenue. Police apprehended the 15-year-old who was on the bicycle, while the other suspect fled northbound on park.
Police searched for the second suspect for about an hour before calling it off. The 15-year-old reportedly was found to be in possession of the victim's cellphone. The other suspect reportedly made off with the cash.
The 15-year-old was charged with armed robbery and turned over to juvenile authorities, according to police.
Van rocking, cops knocking
A 38-year-old Riverside woman on house arrest for a prior drug case was charged with prostitution on Sept. 29, and a 47-year-old Cicero man was charged with solicitation after police responded to the 100 block of Lawton Road to investigate a suspicious conversion van parked on the north side of the street at 7 a.m.
When officers approached the van, they reported discovering the couple naked inside the vehicle and the woman performing a sex act on the man. The man reportedly told police he had come to Riverside to pay for sex with the woman, as he had done several times in the past. Other times the man said he would provide food and medicine to the woman.
According to police, the woman left her 3-year-old child in the company of another resident of the home while she went out to meet her customer.
The woman reportedly advertised on the Internet and operated out of a Riverside home that police had under surveillance periodically for possible illegal activity. The woman was turned over to Cook County Sheriff's Police for violating the terms of her electronic monitoring agreement. She remains in Cook County Jail awaiting a Nov. 12 court date.
Police also contacted the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services to file a complaint of child endangerment.
The man's 1999 Ford van was impounded by police.
- A 17-year-old male student at Riverside-Brookfield High School was charged with felony criminal damage to property, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest after he reportedly became upset over a poster displayed in a school hallway on Sept. 27 just before 3 p.m.
A school official contacted police after several staff members said they felt threatened by the boy's extreme reaction. When police arrived, they reportedly had to restrain the boy to walk him out to the squad car. The boy then reportedly kicked the squad car door so hard it broke the window and bent the door frame.
The Cook County State's Attorney's Office approved a felony charge of criminal damage against the boy and also agreed to try him as an adult. He remained in Cook County Jail on Monday with his bond set at $25,000, awaiting an Oct. 3 court date.
- Riverside police charged an 11-year-old boy with aggravated assault on Sept. 26 after they were called to the Riverside Public Library, 1 Burling Road, where staff at about 4:20 p.m. reportedly overheard the boy threaten to stab another child with a pair of scissors.
According to police, the boy originally threatened the victim outside the Central/Hauser campus. An hour later the two ran into each other in the basement of the Riverside Public Library, where the 11 year old allegedly displayed scissors and threatened to stab the other child on two occasions.
A resident of the 4600 block of DuBois Boulevard, Brookfield, reported that, between Aug. 14 and Sept. 24, someone gained entry to her home and removed two TVs, a computer, printer, fax machine, a bicycle and jewelry.
Police reported there appeared to be no signs of forced entry to the residence.
These items were obtained from police reports filed by the Riverside, North Riverside and Brookfield police departments, Sept. 24-29, and represent a portion of the incidents to which police responded. Unless otherwise indicated, anybody named in these reports has only been charged with a crime. These cases have not been adjudicated.
—Compiled by Bob Uphues